It’s been everything KITCHEN these past two weeks as we gear up for demolition! Luke and I have had a lot of fun, and only a few arguments deciding how to make the most out of our relatively compact kitchen. I’m excited to share our design ideas with you, and offer my general advice on what to look out for if you are planning to tackle your own kitchen renovation. I’ll preface by saying that these are tips I’ve picked up along the way, and I do always recommend checking your plans with an industry professional. This could be a designer, kitchen showroom, your contractor, or even local cabinet maker. Each of these people have a different priority, i.e., your contractors job is to get the kitchen built/installed, your cabinet showroom knows the ins and outs of the product and wants to sell it to you, and (of course I’m biased) but the designer has the overall vision for your space.
Here are some before photos so you remember what we are starting with:
If you’re acting as your own designer, I recommend finding a cabinetry professional and contractor you trust. I feel like this goes without saying, but make sure to get several references for the contractor/electrician/handyman you hire! Ask kitchen showrooms for who they recommend, they usually have a local list. Below are some considerations to make while your planning.
Now onto our design plan! I’m a brass lover, and I think brass works really well with a vintage style home. I’m also stick of all white kitchens, but love the clean look of white, so we opted for a split between white uppers and black base cabinets. We will have some black furniture in the dining room, and I think carrying that color into the kitchen will add some nice cohesion. I think this mix reads modern but still feels vintage and fitting of the house, which is what we are going for at least! The vintage cupboard, which still needs to be sourced and refinishing the pine floors under the linoleum will also up the vintage charm factor.
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What do you think?! Can you see the new vision? What other kitchen renovation questions do you have, or do you have tips to share from your own renovation? Leave a comment so we can start a conversation and help each other out!
XO – CLAIRE
Claire’s creative energy comes from her unique perspective on the world as both a trained interior designer and a passionate yoga teacher. Her affinity for kitchen design, timeless style and eclectic decorating are shared here, along with lots of interior design education and tips. Thanks for being here, please enjoy!